Haripriya for ‘Manjina Hani’

Actress Haripriya has now been selected for crazy star V Ravichandran’s ‘Manjina Hani’ the film stalled and re-started by the dream merchant of Kannada cinema.

It is this ‘Manjina Hani’ that V Ravichandran took over from producer Sandesh Nagaraj after finalizing the accounts. After taking over V Ravichandran has rewritten the script of his film once again and taking up again. It is because of a young kid observation V Ravichandran took decision to change the script.

It was one and half years ago V Ravichandran started ‘Manjina Hani’ at the rainy season in Madikeri hilly region.

In addition to Haripriya the four times national award winner Prakash Raj and Bhavana also added to the team. Concentrating mainly on ‘Manjina Hani’ the trailblazer will be taking up ‘Simha Rashi’ remake and ‘Paramashiva’ later on.

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Kodagu gets Rs 3.35 cr more for MGNREGS

The government has released an additional sum of Rs 3.35 crore for the ambitious Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). With this, a sum of Rs 22 crore was available for the district during 2010-11.
The State government has released the funds to Gram Panchayats online. Of the available funds, a sum of Rs 12 crore has been utilised so far. In the meantime, the government has passed an order to increase the wages from Rs 100 to Rs 125 per day with effect from January 1.

An action plan for Rs 107 crore under Employment Guarantee scheme was prepared for Kodagu district during 2010-11. The government has sanctioned Rs 54 crore. A sum of Rs 12 crore has been utilised so far. The remaining Rs 42 crore needs to be utilised effectively by March end.

Kodagu district receives heavy rains between June and October. No funds can be effectively utilised during rainy season. The works have to be undertaken after December. Hence, inspite of additional funds, Kodagu is not in a position to utilise the funds fully.

By December end, a sum of Rs 880.33 lakh has been utilised. A sum of Rs 1916.20 lakh was available for the district. As many as 1,834 works were undertaken till December end. In Madikeri taluk, a sum of Rs 185.46 lakh was utilised for 539 works.

In Somwarpet taluk, a total of 553 works have been undertaken by utilising Rs 306.13 lakh. In Virajpet taluk, a sum of Rs 387.55 lakh was utilised and 742 works have been undertaken under MGNREGS.


Bamboo clumps withering away in Kodagu forests

The drying and decaying of bamboo clumps in the forests of Kodagu, thanks to the gregarious flowering that would come about once in 40 to 44 years, is indeed a cause for concern. Bamboo clumps will die after flowering. Non-removal of the clumps could result in huge loss to the State Government and their removal could adversely affect the prospects of elephant fodder. A balance needs to be struck.

Bamboo plays a vital role in the socio-economic life of people in rural areas and in cottage industries in the State. It is the chief raw material for paper industry. In Kodagu, the last gregarious flowering of bamboo in the Thithimathi range forests, adjoining the Nagarahole National Park, occurred in 1965-66, while in the Makutta and Mundrote ranges in 1974, according to information in the Working Plan for Virajpet Forest Division.

Bambusa Arundinaceae species of bamboo is found prominently along the streams and valleys, while Dendrocalamus Strictus is seen in the dry areas of Kodagu. Dendrocalamus Brandisii (Burma bamboo) introduced in the past too have come up well. Bamboo was mainly used by artisans and the Medar community in Kodagu and Mysore in the past. The last gregarious flowering of bamboo in the Madikeri Forest Division is said to have occurred in 1972.

The Assistant Conservator of Forests, Somwarpet (in Madikeri Division), suggested to the Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF), Madikeri, in March last year that 91,214 clumps could be removed from the Kushalnagar range and 3,337 from the Somwarpet range. He had also pointed out that dead bamboo could be given to certain organisations in lieu of some grants or tender invited to sell them to paper industry.

Dead bamboo clumps could aid forest fires, especially in view of summer. Forest fires are common every year in the wildlife sanctuaries and reserve forests in Kodagu and dead bamboo could pose potential danger. The Forest Department too is seized of the matter. Deputy Conservator of Forests (Madikeri Division) K.S. Anand told The Hindu that the Government had ordered removal of dead bamboo, entrusting it to the Karnataka State Forest Industrial Corporation (KSFIC). The KSFIC team was yet to arrive here. Over 600 tonnes of bamboo was available in Madikeri Division and more in Virajpet Division, Mr. Anand said.

Forest Minister C.H. Vijayashankar, who was here recently, said the Government had passed an order to remove dead bamboo without causing harm to the green clumps. He had also instructed the forest staff and officials to collect bamboo seeds after flowering so that they could be used for regeneration.

The Conservator of Forests, Kodagu, wrote to the Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Forest Resources and Management) on October 28 last seeking permission to remove the dead bamboo from the forests in Kodagu.

 -The Hindu

Don’t discriminate against those living with AIDS: judge

Kodagu District and Sessions judge and chairman of the Kodagu District Legal Services Authority Ashok G. Nijagannavar on Friday urged people not to discriminate against those living with HIV/AIDS. He was speaking after inaugurating a training camp here on HIV/AIDS, organised by the District Legal Services Authority, District Health Department and District AIDS Control Unit.

District AIDS Control Unit head Siddaiah spoke.

Presiding officer of the Kodagu Fast Track Court K.B. Asode, CJM and civil judge and secretary of the District Legal Services Authority Hemavathy, JMFC and Additional civil judge Prema Vasantrao were present

-The Hindu

Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa remembered

Bhajans by students and offering of floral tributes at the “samadhi” by family members and others at Roshanara marked the birth anniversary of Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa here on Friday.

In-charge Deputy Commissioner K.M. Chandre Gowda, daughter of Cariappa Nalini and daughter-in-law Meena were among those who offered floral tributes at the “samadhi”.

P.D. Arpita of St. Joseph’s Girls’ High School bagged the first prize in the essay-writing competition on Field Marshal Cariappa. Suhan Bheemaiah, Mohit Nanjappa and Lochan Bopanna of of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan-Kodagu Vidyalaya (BVB-KV) rendered popular sayings of Cariappa. The function was organised by the management of the BVB-KV School here.

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-The Hindu